Hate-filled lib liturgist attacks Benedict XVI for his praise of Card. Sarah

Recently Pope Benedict penned a short piece for a future re-printing of Card. Sarah’s splendid book on silence.

Predictably, the liberal hate machine has lashed out at Benedict, just as they lashed out at Card. Sarah last year when he suggested that priests should say Mass ad orientem.

For example, ultra-liberal liturgist Andrea Grillo spewed bile in the direction of Benedict XVI, while splashing dreck on Card. Sarah.

Grillo provides a great example of the best talent of true liberal ideologues: They hate like no one else… especially when they are scared.

This comes via Cittadellaeditrice.com in my fast and admittedly odd translation.  Grillo is one of those stereotypical Italian pinheaded scholastics who is ensorceled by the magic of his own purple-patch prose:

If I were Card. Sarah, I’d be worried.  [Hang on to that idea, given at the top, because it connects to the end.] This isn’t the first time that it has happened that J. Ratzinger wrote a foreword or afterword for questionable books or authors.   I recall, for example, the preface for little-to-be-recommended Alcuin Reid, whose theories and whose person have raised scientific and ecclesial perplexities across half the world, and that instead Ratzinger tried to recommend as if he were an authority.  Also in this case the words that press agencies are reporting are enough to indicate a real and true car crash.  It’s as if Ratzinger had, all of a sudden, resigned his resignation and wanted to influence the decisions of his successor. Let’s see if we can adequately point out the delicate and inappropriate aspects of this intrusion (It. intervento can mean a range of things, but given Grillo’s acid, this works best).

  • Sarah has shown, for years, a significant inadequacy and incompetence in the field of liturgy.  His eccentric theories and his rigidity are impeding the work of the Congregation to carry out its ordinary work.
  • We know also that the choice of Sarah was made by Pope Francis by listening to the opinion of his predecessor. For this reason the praise that the predecessor gives to the successor rings a little strange on a point about which he contributed to cause this failure.  [No no… Grillo’s tortured Italian isn’t verbose.  No.  Not at all.  My heavens how he is full of himself!]
  • [… There’s more like this, but that suffices….]

Beyond the institutional questions, there remains only one consideration which regards the res liturgica.  And here it is necessary to observe, as always, that the praise of the incompetent renders the praise incompetent.  [” l’elogio dell’incompetente rende incompetente l’elogio” … this is double-edged.  Is this an objective genitive? It could be that Grillo is calling Benedict the incompetent one, not Sarah.] The liturgy must be entrusted to “truly good hands”.  They, if God wishes, can be defined and determined without the obsession to want to impose on the Church a “Reform of the Reform”.  [This is what terrifies these lib hacks.] For this, Card. Sarah is completely inadequate.  Even if he is recommended by the Bishop Emeritus of Rome.

This piece by Grillo reveals how nervous liturgical libs are.

He’s so very afraid that even a little old nonagenarian locked up in the back of the Vatican gardens set him off on a spittle-flecked nutty.

Perhaps he should take to heart what Benedict wrote about Card. Sarah’s book:

It is better to keep silence and be Christians than to talk and not to be.

Summorum Pontificum is working.  Men like Sarah have the goods on guys like Grillo, not the other way around.   Sarah’s book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, and Benedict’s praise have worked like the sprinkling of Holy Water on a demon infested basement.

Lastly, pieces like this demonstrate fully why you, dear reader, should buy copies of Card. Sarah’s book and make sure that every priest you know has one.

The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.


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  1. acardnal says:

    Perhaps your next book-purchase project for seminarians could be THIS book! I’d be pleased to participate.

  2. Grant M says:

    Spittle-flecked nutty.
    Spumaque pestiferos circumfluit albida rictus.
    (Ovid Met. 3.74)

  3. MarkJ says:

    This is a major transformative book. Put down your phone and read it if you have bought it already. And if not, take up your phone and order several copies now! It’s that important… And spread the news!

  4. boredoftheworld says:

    Off to Amazon go I. Is there anything more rigid than a jealous liberal?

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    This is one reason these haters have been so successful. They defend their advance like threatened killer bees, neutralizing all comers. Now a former pope can’t even write a forward for a book written by a sitting Cardinal. He dared to support a book on silence and prayer? Verboten!
    Of all the nauseating aspects of the maniacal Marxist behaviors that flourish, this aspect may be the most annoying. They love to control and be controlled. They punish dissenters, anyone who dares to disagree. We should not wonder anymore if these brownshirts realize how liberty-hating they are, and if it was only pointed out to them, they would see how terrible it is to work to silence your opponent by these tactics, but, they know. We cannot let them work.
    Thanks to Andrea Grillo for reminding me about the book. I’m off to buy it.

  6. JARay says:

    I am awaiting delivery of my copy of Cardinal Sarah’s book.

  7. jobina says:

    I’m part way through Cardinal Sarah’s book, it is excellent. Such a peaceful experience reading through it. You cannot read it fast.

    [Good points.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  8. Hidden One says:

    “If we are seeking the truth, Benedict XVI is an exceptional guide. If we prefer lies, silence, and omissions, Benedict XVI becomes an unacceptable problem.” – Robert Cardinal Sarah, God or Nothing, p. 98.

    [Great quote.]

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  9. RJBennett says:

    When Bergoglio insults us repeatedly (“fanatics,” “rigid Catholics,” “neo-Pelagians”, etc., etc.), either speaking himself or through a substitute, he sets the example. So can we really expect anything else from subordinates like Grillo?

  10. Athelstan says:

    Professor Grillo unfortunately has a reputation for this sort of behavior – not merely polemical, but vicious and insulting. But this is a new low even for him. It’s a nasty piece of work.

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